The track at the Daytona International Speedway is bustling with cars spinning their wheels ahead of the Daytona 500.

We spoke to one of those drivers, Aric Almirola, between the two practices. He spent his childhood in Tampa graduating from Hillsborough High School. He will compete in the qualifying race for the Daytona 500 on Sunday. The winning driver earns the lead spot in the Daytona 500. He will also race in the Advance Auto Parts Clash. 

He tells us, “I feel like we got a lot of speed. Our cars are fast. They drive good so I feel like we have a lot of confidence coming into this race.”

Although he is confident, he says his children keep him humble.

“I told him I was excited to go to Daytona and he said, ‘Daddy, I sure hope you win more than one race,'” Almirola says with a laugh.